European Inspiration:  The Canvas Tipi

 Two Kata Tipis under the lights in Industry City in Brooklyn, New York

Two Kata Tipis under the lights in Industry City in Brooklyn, New York

The Kata Tipi...

Already popular in the UK and Australia, these inviting canvas shelters have made their way to the US.

All the rage in the United Kingdom and Australia, these tall canvas structures are becoming a static wedding trend overseas, especially after Pippa Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister) threw a lavish New Year's party under a “Canvas Palace” in 2013. Historically, these large pointed shelters were much smaller and used by native tribes all over the world including Scandinavia, Southern Australia and Western Europe. These draw their origins from northern Scandinavia above the Arctic Circle.

Their design creates a warm earthy ethos, inspiring a wide variety of  themes not found in the States. Whether its the Danish Hygge or European Boho look, they're truly unique in the emotions they bring about as you enter them.  And what is hygge?  Pronounced "hoo-ga, " this Danish concept cannot be translated to a single English word but encompasses the feeling of cozy contentment and the feeling of belonging to the moment. These remarkable structures find their center in the hygge concept.  


Just how popular is this concept of hygge?  Searching Instagram for "#hygge" will lead you to more than 2.7 million posts. In comparison, "#weddinggown" shows 2.5  million posts; "#weddingphoto" results in 3.1 million posts; "#weddingdecor" lists 3.1 million posts; and "#weddinghair  leads to a similar 2.8 million posts.   

Beyond hygge and boho, the tipis cross multiple themed styles and are simply stunning. Use the tipis as a backdrop for a private ceremony and
a cozy environment for the reception or after party. Throw in a matching gazebo or archway with an outdoor ceremony and a bonfire under the stars for a few popular accompaniments. Corporate clients wanting
to give their customers a real "VIP" feeling will find a home run with
the tipis.

Overall, this worldly trend is a refreshing alternative to the white plastic tent. Although availability has been limited in the United States, Kata Tipis US, based out of Nashville, TN is the first US-based distributor for these European beauties. The term "magical" is frequently heard when guests walk into them, surprised by their height and beauty within.


Based on the size of your event, they can accommodate around 45 guests for a single tipi and up to and more than 200 guests when multiple tipis are linked together.    

While tipis are definitely the ultimate venue for brides seeking a down-to-earth style wedding, these statement-making huts aren't for those on a slim budget. They can rent for around $3,000, per tipi, for your event. Despite the price tag, with the growing popularity of the canvas marquee overseas, don't be surprised as they start popping up more often in the States.

Vendors/venues interested in adding a tipi to your list of rental options? Contact Kata Tipis US here for more information.